Volunteers get help from City of Canning to improve accessibility along Rossmoyne foreshore


June Gallop, Chris Malan and Susan Harris. Picture: Jon Hewson
June Gallop, Chris Malan and Susan Harris. Picture: Jon Hewson

A TEAM of dedicated volunteers who work to build accessibility along the Rossmoyne foreshore say their important role has opened the area up to enthusiastic visitors.

With assistance from the City of Canning, including a recent $3137 grant for a bike, trailer and cleaning supplies, the Wadjup-Gabbilju Foreshore Walk Group have implemented a handful of small trial landscaping plans aimed at maintaining the site and maximising it’s accessibility for surrounding walkers.

Throughout the year the group has kept all the signs clean; a big task, with 19 sign sites along seven kilometres of foreshore, from the bottom of Bull Creek Road all the way to Riverton Bridge.

Group co-ordinator Susan Harris said the stretch attracted wind-blown river silt, lawn-mowing dust, dogs and willie wagtails where no overhanging branches to perch on.

“The signs are closely guarded by the walkers, and the volunteers are folk you don’t mind coming around the corner on your weekly walk,” she said.

“Australia is a dry continent and we are in a pristine urban setting, we are casual folk who love the foreshore.”

Among the volunteers is Rossmoyne Waters resident June Gallop whose enjoys walking down by the river every day and recently joined, a small volunteer collective maintaining the sign sites.

“I’m not a great gardener but I do enjoy doing my part to keep the river foreshore looking beautiful,” Mrs Gallop said, who aims to go out every Sunday and cleans up her allocated area beginning at the Yagan Reserve platform.

Ms Harris encouraged the community to see the walking trails.

“The next six months will be the most splendid conditions for a walk, it’s the best time to see the Canning Flats,” she said.

Anyone interested in helping with future foreshore projects can message the Wadjup-Gabbilju group on Facebook.